You can not be loved by everyone but indeed you can be looked up to and envied for all your success. Despite the negative remarks towards Karl Lagerfeld over the years, this man has created a legend, or correctly put he is a legend. Happy Birthday Karl and may you live to be a 100! A few highlights of his unique character:
KL on phones: "I send notes. I'm not a chambermaid whom you can ring at every moment. Today, you know, most people act like they work at a switchboard in a hotel."
KL on designers who complain: "Please don't say I work hard. Nobody is forced to do this job and if they don't like it, they should do another one. If it's too much, do something else. But don't start doing it and then say, 'Aaaah, it's too much'. Because a lot of people depend on it. What we do at Chanel, thousands of people work on these things; these things are sold in hundreds and hundreds of shops all over the world. People like the big machine, and the money the big machine involves, but the effort... Then, suddenly, they become artists. They are too weak. Too fragile. Non. We have to be tough. We cannot talk about our suffering. People buy dresses to be happy, not to hear about somebody who suffered over a piece of taffeta. Me, I like to make an effort. I like nothing better than concrete reality. I'm a very down-to-earth person, but it is my job to make that earth more pleasant."
KL on Coco Chanel: "What I do
would have hated. The label has an image and it's up to me to update it. I do
what she never did. I had to find my mark. I had to go from what Chanel was to
what it should be, could be, what it had been to something else."
KL on work: "Why should I stop working? If I do, I'll die and it'll all be finished. 'm lucky to work in the most perfect of conditions. I can do what I want in all kinds of areas. The expenses are not expenses. I would be stupid to stop that. Work is making a living out of being bored."
KL on disliking tattoos: "I think tattoos are horrible. It's like living in a Pucci dress full-time. If you're young and tight, maybe it's OK, but…"
KL on smart women: "I remember a designer who said that intelligent women don't wear her dresses. Obviously, she went bankrupt."
KL on his personality: "I am like a caricature of myself, and I like that. It is like a mask. And for me the Carnival of Venice lasts all year long."
KL on his quotes: "Everything I say is a joke. I am a joke myself."
KL on style: "Don't dress to kill, dress to survive."